Douglas High School’s cross country team kicked off its season last week hosting Bisbee and Pueblo in a triangular race which was run at the Douglas Golf Course.

The golf course will be the site of all Douglas home meets this season. For the past 10-years the Bulldogs used to run along the U.S./Mexico border off of Airport Road but with the recent addition of the concertina wire, along with other projects taking place in the area, DHS coaches and officials opted to change the course to the golf course this season.

In the girl’s race, which featured 15 runners, Bisbee’s Kiera Lumpkin was the overall winner covering the 3.1 mile course in a time of 20:04.

Douglas’ Jenally Barco followed in second finishing with a time of 21:52. Sophia Rico and Aidyn Durazo placed fifth and sixth for Douglas turning in times of 27:06 and 27:37 respectively.

Payola Leon finished 10th for Douglas with a time of 31:52; Dayanara Beltran was 11th with a 32:06, JD Magana was 12th with a 35:26 and Anitzel Burgos was 13th with a 39:53.

Douglas won the race finishing with 34 points; Pueblo was second and Bisbee did not score as it did not have the five runners required to score.

In the boy’s race that followed, there were 24 runners. Bisbee and Pueblo each had three runners finish in the top six before Douglas could get its first runner to the finish line.

Pueblo’s Sammy Rothenhauser was the overall winner leading start to finish with an impressive time of 15:51.

Cole Flores led the Bulldogs with his seventh place finish and a time of 19:28. Konnor Cormier followed in eighth place and a time of 19:58. Javier Moreno was next in 10th with a 20:14, Andres Guevera, 12th, with a 21:25; Isaac Rivera, 14th, with a 23:39; Ezequiel Ozuna, 15th, with a 24:29; Jose Loreto, 16th, with a 25:27 and Fernando Vildosola, 17th, 25:28.

After the race Douglas’ cross country coach Maria Sexton said she was pleased with how her girls ran but felt the boys could have performed better.

“I’m really proud of the girls. They are consistently improving,” she said. “I expect the boys times to improve as the season progresses.”

The Douglas runners are back in action Wednesday, Sept. 11 running in Tucson against Sabino and Catalina.

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